Windflowers, more commonly known as Anemones, bloom in spring and fall. Some are classified as ‘spring-flowering bulbs’ and others are classified as perennials. Anemones are poisonous to eat!

Spring blooming anemones are perfect plants for rock and woodland gardens due to their low growth. The majority of anemones grow from rhizomes that creep below the soil, whereas Grecian windflower (Anemone blanda) and poppy anemone (A. coronaria) grow from tubers. Anemones should be planted in autumn. The Grecian windflower will thrive in zones 4-7 and the poppy anemone will thrive in zones 6-9.

Tall growing anemones present themselves in shades of pink and white in the form of large cup shaped blossoms. Below the blossoms will be dark green, maple-like leaves.


It is recommended to plant fall blooming anemones in the spring. Wood anemones should be planted 10 inches apart whereas snowdrop anemones should be 12-24 inches apart. Loosen the soil with a tiller or fork and dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant root base. With care, remove the plant from the pot and plant it so that the top of the root base is level with the soil. As you fill in around the plant, firm the soil gently. To finish, allow a lot of water for the plant and keep well watered for 2-3 days.

Care for Anemones

Divide plants only in the spring. They are known to take their time to establish but will spread appropriately with time.